• Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) SWIM Master Class Competition Nears Conclusion

    November 20, 2014

    The FAA is constantly working to contribute to the SESAR Joint Undertaking SWIM Master Class program, a 5-month creative competition between teams that develop SWIM-enabled applications. With more than 80 competitors annually, participants compete for “Best in Class” based on SWIM applications, information services, and compliant infrastructure.

    On June 24, 2014 the SWIM Program Office partnered with Harris to serve at a booth at the SWIM Master Class kick-off in Brussels, Belgium. SWIM’s participation served as an outreach mechanism to provide information about program progress and data available to the international aviation community.

    Submissions for the 2014 SWIM Master Class Program have been made, and the Best in Class ceremony will happen on December 11, 2014. In addition, there will be over 20 exhibitors and sponsors demonstrating their latest SWIM offerings. Learn more: http://www.sesarju.eu/newsroom/events/swim-master-class-2014

  • SWIM Connect 2014 Featured in Managing the Skies Magazine

    November 17, 2014

    This year ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition, attendees were a buzz about SWIM CONNECT 2014 featuring how FAA’s SWIM is transforming all phases of flight with their partner FAA programs. The event was an example true stakeholder collaboration between the FAA, industry, international and users in the aviation community. In a sea of questions about the future of information access, SWIM Connect was a one-stop place for answers.

    Attendees commented about an impressive interactive gate–to–gate experience of data accessible through SWIM and had a unique environment where they learned more about how the aviation community is creating innovative tools, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Attendees interacted with live demonstrations and connected one-on-one with experts were available to answer questions.

    Fourteen Speakers, ten planners, and over fifty stakeholders and experts from FAA and industry helped create a unique experience for close to 800 visitors of the SWIM Connect showcase. The agenda for the SWIM Connect Spotlight series was a representation of SWIM’s daily collaboration efforts.

    Learn more about SWIM Connect from the article; SWIM Connect 2014: Ready for Takeoff! featured in Managing the Skies

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  • SWIM Connect 2014 at ATCA 59th Annual Conference

    September 17, 2014

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    SWIM Connect 2014 | GET PLUGGED IN...

    ATCA 59th Annual Conference & Exposition
    September 29-October 1 | Exhibit Hall
    Learn more about ATCA: atca.org/59annual
    Click here for complete programming & schedule

    Planning is in full swing for the ATCA 59th Annual Conference and Exposition, which is just around the corner. New this year, don't miss SWIM CONNECT 2014 in the presentation theater of the main exhibit hall at ATCA, September 29 - October 1! The FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, in conjunction with our partners, will get you plugged in to SWIM and connect you to the data that's available now and share what will be offered soon.

    Join us for an interactive gate-to-gate experience of data accessible through SWIM and learn more about how the aviation community is creating innovative tools, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Connect with experts to answer all your questions and interact with live demonstrations. In addition, SWIM Connect 2014 will feature spotlight talks throughout each day with key players in the FAA and industry covering today's hottest topics. Look for the spotlight agenda in the coming weeks. We can't wait to connect with you at ATCA

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  • TRACONs Responding Quicker and More Efficiently to Traffic Needs

    July 21, 2014

    One of the more recent success stories was at Southern California TRACON (SCT) and the Air Traffic Control Traffic Management Unit at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in April 2014. LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world. Working with the folks at the LAX TMU, the FAA SWIM Program Office went back to the basics and focused on what the customer’s most important needs and requirements were. In collaboration with the Volpe Transportation Center an innovative solution was developed to address the issue the customer was facing.

    The issue was related to major construction occurring at LAX. Both LAX and SCT, which services LAX, needed additional situational awareness of surface movement at LAX. Essentially, they were hoping to be more efficient by responding proactively instead of reactively by having immediate access to the new SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) surface radar surveillance traffic data instead of receiving a phone call about traffic backups.

    In a rapid response request (three weeks), the SWIM Program Office had STDDS surveillance data available for direct access by SCT through the installation of the SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT). This solution provided the SCT staff the required increased visibility to LAX surface movement.

    The customer was so thrilled with the agile deployment of this capability that she provided a formal letter of commendation to the SWIM team, thanking the SWIM office for the successful quick reaction efforts.

    For LAX and SCT, the SWIM team demonstrated the ability to deliver customer required information services and on short notice. This success illustrates the SWIM team’s ability to quickly respond to high priority customer needs. Contributing to the success was the ability to leverage STDDS information published to SWIM and exemplifies the value of standards based data exchange with improved operations and decision making.

  • FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2014

    April 23, 2014

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) Herndon, VA

    This event, sponsored by the FAA ATO Program Management Organization, is a forum for exchanging information with industry about the status and future plans of several significant FAA programs. The target audience is the aviation technical vendor community building information systems and interfaces with FAA.The SWIM Program Manager, Jim Robb, spoke about SWIM as a NextGen Data Distribution, including a review of the stakeholders, process and products necessary to obtain NAS data from SWIM/ NEMS.

    Other speakers included keynotes from Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer for the Air Traffic Organization, Nancy Kalinowski, Air Traffic Organization, Vice President, System Operations and Vincent Capezzuto, Air Traffic Systems, Director. Topics included discussion about the vision for the Traffic Flow Management domain including Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM), Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) and Time Based Flow Management (TBFM): Rebecca Guy, Decision Support, Manager

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  • SWIM Visualization Tool Providing Benefit to Southern California Operations

    April 18, 2014

    By Pete Slattery (Charlotte)
    NATCA TFDM/FDIO/AEFS National Representative

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Visualization Tool (SVT) is a new product recently installed at the Southern California TRACON (SCT). The SVT provides Surface Situational Awareness (SSA) to controllers, traffic managers, and front-line managers.

    This new tool gives controllers and traffic managers access to surface data that was previously unavailable outside of a tower cab. The SVT display is similar to an Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) Model X display in a control tower, but does not sound alerts or display other runway safety information. Read More